May trial set for woman who spat in deputy’s face


A May trial has been set for a Delaware woman charged with felonious assault after breaking a Delaware County Sheriff’s deputy’s finger and spitting in his face while she knew she was a carrier for hepatitis.

Crystal Gail Farley, 36, of 317 Chelsea Street Apt. B, Delaware, appeared in Delaware County Common Pleas Court Wednesday morning where she entered not guilty pleas to a count of felonious assault, a first-degree felony; one count of harassment by inmate, a third-degree felony; two counts of assault, fourth-degree felonies; resisting arrest, a first-degree misdemeanor and one count of criminal damaging, a second-degree misdemeanor.

Assistant County Prosecutor Andrew Bigler told Judge David Gormley that at a Delaware Municipal Court hearing on March 2 Farley learned she would have to spend time in the Delaware County Jail and became upset. Bigler said when Delaware County Sheriff’s deputies went to take her into custody and take her to the jail she became physically resistant and attacked Deputy Jack Daniels.

Bigler said during the struggle Farley broke Daniels’ finger and spat in his face. Bigler said that Farley knew she was positive for hepatitis C when she spat in Daniels’ face. Bigler said she tried to spit in the face of another deputy before she was placed in the back of a police car, where she kicked and damaged the barrier.

Bigler said Daniels’ finger was broken and tendons were torn in the struggle. Daniels has received treatment for his injuries.

Gormley told Farley she could face a maximum sentence of up to 11 years in prison for the first-degree felony charge.

Gormley then scheduled a trial for May 25. Bigler estimated the trial would take two days.

Additionally, Gormley scheduled a pretrial hearing for May 1 at 8:45 a.m. and set Farley’s bond at $50,000.

Court records indicate that Farley’s municipal court case was a child endangerment and criminal damaging case from July 2016 that ended when Farley pleaded guilty, paid a fine and was placed on community control. Farley was appearing in municipal court on March 2 for a community control violation and was sentenced to serve 8 days in the Delaware County Jail.

Farley was in the Delaware County Jail Wednesday.

Crystal Farley with her attorney Jeffrey Burkham Wednesday morning in Delaware County Common Pleas Court. Farley with her attorney Jeffrey Burkham Wednesday morning in Delaware County Common Pleas Court.

By Glenn Battishill

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Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

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